Early treatment intensification in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) is often required to achieve glycaemic control. Patients with T2D from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, aged ≥18 years, initiating dapagliflozin between Nov 2012 and Aug 2016 and with prior oral T2D therapy (N=3,774) were included in this study. The relationship between early (2nd line) vs. later (≥3rd line) use of dapagliflozin and changes from baseline in HbA1c (≥1.0% absolute reduction), weight (kg) (≥5.0% relative loss) and systolic BP (≥2 mmHg absolute reduction) after 6-12 months were assessed with logistic regression models. Early use of dapagliflozin occurred in 25.2% patients (951/3774) vs. later use in 74.8% (2823/3774). Patients with later use were older [mean: 60.1 (SD 10.3) vs. 55.7 (SD 10.5) years], more likely to be male (61.6% vs. 55.3%), had T2D for longer [median 8.1 vs. 4.0 years] and higher CVD prevalence (13.9% vs. 11.2%). Patients with early and later use of dapagliflozin had similar baseline mean HbA1c levels [9.3% (SD 1.5) vs. 9.2% (SD 1.7)] and BP [134.2 (SD 14.2) vs. 135.0 (SD 14.6) mmHg]. Late users had lower BMI [mean 33.6 (SD 6.3) vs. 36.5 (SD 6.8) kg/m2] than early users. Early dapagliflozin users experienced mean (S.E) reductions of 1.6 (0.07)%, 3.8 (0.25)% and 3.0 (0.82) mmHg in HbA1c, weight and BP, respectively, vs. 1.0 (0.04)%, 4.6 (0.21)% and 3.1 (0.43) mmHg in later users. Compared to later dapagliflozin use, early initiation was associated with a greater likelihood of adjusted HbA1c reduction ≥1% (OR: 1.68, 95% CI: 1.15-2.45). Weight and BP reductions were observed with similar likelihood among early and late users (weight OR: 0.79, 95% CI: 0.54-1.14; BP OR: 0.87, 95% CI: 0.58-1.30).

In conclusion, glycaemic benefits of dapagliflozin were greater in patients receiving it earlier in their treatment pathway. Weight and BP reductions were achieved with similar likelihood among early and later users.


J.P. Wilding: Other Relationship; Self; Astellas, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novo Nordisk Inc., Sanofi, Eli Lilly and Company, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc. U. Rigney: Employee; Self; AstraZeneca. B.T. Blak: Employee; Self; AstraZeneca. Stock/Shareholder; Self; AstraZeneca. S.T. Nolan: Employee; Self; AstraZeneca. P. Fenici: Employee; Self; AstraZeneca. J. Medina: Employee; Self; AstraZeneca.

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